Ten Thoughts From Signing Day

From the great offensive line class to some position changes, Texas coach Mack Brown breaks down the 2013 Texas class.

1) Texas coach Mack Brown called this the best offensive line class he's had at Texas. "I've just never seen guys this big with these kind of feet," Brown said. He said they would be leaned on to replace three graduating seniors on the offensive line after the 2013 season, while JUCO transfer Desmond Harrison should factor in immediately.

2) Brown declined to comment on any specific decommitment. But he did acknowledge that Texas was hit harder in that category than in years past. And Brown said that he wouldn't talk about specific players who went to other schools.

3) Texas made a couple roster moves to downplay the lack of a defensive lineman in the class. Brown said that Hassan Ridgeway was up to 300 pounds and would be moved inside to defensive tackle, as was expected. And Caleb Bluiett will be moved back to defensive end from tight end.

4) In an underrated storyline in this class, Brown said that Texas also set out to upgrade its speed, and did so. Both Antwuan Davis and Montrel Meander run sub-22-second 200-meter dashes. And Brown mentioned the speed of guys like Chevoski Collins and Jacorey Warrick, and the positional speed of linebackers Deoundrei Davis and Naashon Hughes.

5) Several players in the class could get looks at multiple positions. Jake Raulerson, who is now up to 268 pounds, will get his first look on the offensive line, but could also find his way to the defensive side of the ball. Collins will get looks on both offense and at defensive back.

6) Another one of those with versatility is Meander. According to Brown, Meander was a lot more than a stop gap late in the process. Brown said that Meander was one of the best players in the class, a great athlete who could plug into multiple positions.

7) Brown said Texas still had a scholarship left to use. While he can't mention any players who haven't signed their National Letters of Intent, Brown did say that the prospect would have to be really good to get that offer. Otherwise, Texas could sit on it, either for another year, or for a potential graduate transfer.

8) Brown said Erik Huhn earned his offer at Texas Camp this past summer by showing that he could play man. Brown said that with the way teams in the Big 12 spread defenses out, safeties couldn't afford to just stand back and play zone.

9) When asked why Texas took Tyrone Swoopes in a loaded in-state class for quarterbacks, Brown said simply: "He's good." Brown then said that former offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was the one who picked Swoopes. Brown did say he was impressed with Swoopes through workouts, with the freshman quarterback's weight shooting over 245 pounds of good weight.

10) Brown compared this class to the 2005 group that was also small in numbers (14), but one that produced well beyond its ranking. Nine starters came out of that class, with a number of players who spent time in the NFL, like Jamaal Charles and Colt McCoy.

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